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Five African countries receive US $275,000 grant in humanitarian assistance from the African Union

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On behalf of the Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, the Interim Commissioner in charge of Peace, Security and Political Affairs, Ambassador Saïd Djinnit, on Tuesday handed over cheques to five countries as part of the contribution of the continental organization to help alleviate the plight of the populations affected by the humanitarian impact of the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. They are: Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea and Mali.

The financial assistance provided amounted to $75,000 for Cote d'Ivoire and $50,000 for each of the other countries, according to an AU press release.

An official ceremony was organized at the Headquarters of the African Union to hand over the cheques. The ceremony was attended by the heads of the diplomatic missions of the countries concerned or their representatives.

The handing over of the cheques is a follow-up of the visit paid to the region by a delegation of the AU Commission on Refugees to assess the humanitarian impact of the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. Following the visit, the interim chairperson had decided to provide humanitarian assistance to all those affected.

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